Feds Convict Two Drug Importers

From the U.S. Attorney:

Two Defendants Convicted in Federal Investigation That Dismantled Mexico-to-Chicago Drug Pipeline

CHICAGO — A jury has convicted two suburban Chicago men on drug conspiracy charges as part of a federal investigation that disrupted a Mexico-to-Chicago drug pipeline.

SHELDON MORALES and EDUARDO SANTANA conspired with a supplier in Mexico and two inmates in a prison in Texas to traffic

  • methamphetamine,
  • fentanyl, and
  • cocaine

from Mexico to Evanston, Ill., and Morton Grove, Ill., in 2019.  

The drugs were sent in packages from California and Arizona and later sold on the streets in the Chicago area. 

Law enforcement uncovered the drug trafficking activities through the use of wiretapped cellular phones and extensive surveillance. 

The case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation.  

OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles drug traffickers and other criminal offenders that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

After a week-long trial in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the jury on Aug. 5, 2022, convicted Morales, 40, of Morton Grove, Ill., and Santana, 45, of Skokie, Ill., on a drug conspiracy charge. 

Morales was also convicted of an individual drug charge related to his possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl. 

Morales faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a maximum of life, while Santana faces a mandatory minimum of ten years and a maximum of life.

U.S. District Judge Mary M. Rowland has not yet scheduled sentencings.

The convictions were announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Robert J. Bell, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and Justin Campbell, Special Agent-in-Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation in Chicago.  Substantial assistance was provided by the Evanston Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Charles W. Mulaney, Kirsten Moran, and Jeannice Appenteng represent the government.


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Feds Convict Two Drug Importers — 2 Comments

  1. Kathi Salvi’s platform says she will “work” to close the border.

    Does she intend on voting Mitch McConnell as the head of the Senate?

    Does she condemn the raid on Mar A Lago that Mitch won’t?

    She is another hold yoir nose and vote for Al and me to go to DC to replace Duckworth.

    This state and its alleged leadership is a joke.

    One more, what’s Kathi’s position on drag shows for children?

    I hear crickets chirping. The trial bar has spoken. RINO 101 on display

  2. AND YET THE RACIST CHI TOWN Beatle juice CAN’T GET IT THRU its Pat THICK BURR HEAD WHY WE DON’T WANT A SANCTUARY CITY HERE… DOH I JUST NEED THE VOTES CAUSE NO ONE LIKES ME.. … that is all this Pat thinks of… in the toilet bowl it has created. Time to leave ol Pat with her illegal law breaking city… her day of license plate making is coming…

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